State duties beckon for coach


Cian Ingles, Zach Melanie, coach Rick Willsmore and Wayne McNicol. Picture: Andrew Ritchie                        d448353
Cian Ingles, Zach Melanie, coach Rick Willsmore and Wayne McNicol. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d448353

The 2013 Tennis West Coach of the Year will take 10-year-olds Cian Ingles (Nollamara Tennis Club), Zach Melanie (Kwinana Tennis Club), Wayne McNicol (Wembley Downs Tennis Club) and James Newton (Reabold Tennis Club) to the final held during the second week of the Australian Open.

Willsmore coached Team Federer during the Tennis Australian competition but none of his team members made the final cut.

He said the best 16 players were selected from the Super 10s competition and the top four selected for the final.

“It’s a great competition, the kids have on-court coaching and that doesn’t happen anywhere else,” Willsmore said.

“It takes them away from their clubs and puts them with the best players their age.”

Tennis Australia will introduce Super 8s next year.

Willsmore said he mainly coached junior players at Scarborough because “it’s my passion”.

The West Australian team will compete against each state and territory in a round robin competition from January 27-31.

“NSW will be hard to beat because population generally dictates level,” Willsmore said.